HIVITA, Kansas (KSNW) — An organization that helps Kansas has asked for some help in response to Thanksgiving. GraceMed Medical Clinic hosted the biggest fundraiser of the year, the annual Say Grace 5K Thanksgiving Race.
“We are a community health center that provides medical, dental and mental health care to Wichita and the state,” said Chad Sanford, director of GraceMed. “Most of our patients are not insured at all, so this service is sorely needed.”
Sanford didn’t know how many people showed up on Thursday morning, but he said about 1,000 people signed up for the event. This was the twelfth year of fundraising.
The race is the largest 5k race in Wichita. But for some of the participants, it was more about having fun and putting smiles on other people’s faces.
Tyler and Hunter James are dressed as turkeys.
“We come here every year to support GraceMed with their Say Grace 5K program and we just love dressing up,” Tyler said.
When KSN asked them who designed the turkey suit, they joked.
“These are legacy outfits,” Tyler said. “From the hands of a generation and a generation of turkeys.”
“You know, turkeys,” Hunter said. “We just wear it every year. Grandma gives us.
They said they get a lot of views and comments, but it’s all for the entertainment and support of GraceMed.
“We don’t have much else to do on Thanksgiving this early in the morning,” Hunter said.
“Make people smile and have fun by making it a little more festive,” agreed James. “This is a holiday. You have to give thanks, give thanks and make people smile.”
“You know, show a little kindness to others,” Hunter added.
Sanford said the annual event typically raises about $50,000 for the GraceMed Health Clinic.
“We appreciate the community for coming out and supporting us,” he said. “You know, to see how all the families come. Many people have families from out of town or college kids. When we see them include this event in their Thanksgiving events, we feel really good.”
The race started at 9:30 am at GraceMed Helen Galloway, 1122 N. Topeka.